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Families at the finish line

Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness

The Colonie Youth Center’s 10th annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, in Colonie. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. and the 5K race will kick off at 10 a.m.

The Colonie Youth Center’s 10th annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, in Colonie. Race day registration opens at 8 a.m. and the 5K race will kick off at 10 a.m. Photo by John Purcell.

— In the fall running season, there seems to be a race to fit every skill level and ambition. But few aim to please the whole family.

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This year at the Crossing 5K there will be a competitive 1-mile kids run offered in addition to the quarter-mile fun run.

The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of doing just that with its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie.

Around 500 people are expected to sign up for the 5K run and more than 200 children are likely to line up for two kids runs offered. Registered participants can enjoy a continental breakfast by Hannaford Supermarkets, coffee by Professor Java’s and beverages by Coca-Cola Refreshments. CBRE-Albany is sponsoring the Kids Activity Zone, which offers several fun attractions for children.

“This race is all about promoting health and wellness and celebrating that,” said Barbara Boodram, director of development at Colonie Youth Center. “It is a nice way to promote being healthy and being out there exercising and being fit, while having fun doing it.”

New this year is a competitive 1-mile run for kids up to 13 years of age, in addition to the regular quarter-mile fun run still being offered for the same age range. The competitive kids race requires a $10 registration, because it will be timed just like the adult race. The fun run is free, but children still must register.

“Those that have a more competitive edge will have a more real type of format,” Boodram said. “We all do the same finish line, so when you have the adult runners waiting for the kids to come through, it is really fun to watch. All of us get to celebrate them coming through the finish line, which is really fun.”

Every child who completes the shorter fun run will get a medal, and each child registered for either of the runs will be entered to win a pool party for up to 20 guests at the Ciccotti Center. Each will also get a slice of pizza courtesy of Inferno Pizzeria and a ticket to an Albany Devils home game upon crossing the finish line.

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